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File #: OC-21-45   
Type: Other Communication Status: In Council - Consent Agenda
File created: 10/4/2021 In control: City Council
Final action: 10/4/2021
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Staff Recommendation to Appoint Mr. Jesse Crawford to the Civilian Police Oversight Agency Board
Attachments: 1. OC-45.pdf









TO:                     All Councilors


FROM:                     Chris Sylvan, Neighborhood Liaison Office of Neighborhood Coordination




Staff Recommendation to Appoint Mr. Jesse Crawford to the Civilian Police Oversight Agency Board



DATE:                     September 30, 2021



Pursuant to the provisions of §9-4-1-5 of the Police Oversight Ordinance, City Council staff recommends the appointment of Mr. Jesse Crawford to the Civilian Police Oversight Agency Board.


                     APPOINTEE NAME                                                                                                                              TERM                     

Jesse Crawford                                                                                                                                   February 2, 2023                     

1003 10th St SW

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102


If appointed, Mr. Crawford will fill a vacancy left after Mr. Douglas Mitchell passed away last month.  Mr. Crawford will be serving a partial term that will expire on February 2, 2023, and will be eligible for re-appointment for another three-year term.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Mr. Crawford moved to New Mexico to attend New Mexico Tech. For the last six years, he has lived in Albuquerque and worked in the technology industry with a background including an MS in Information Security. He is interested in law enforcement and public safety and how they interact with social justice and believes strongly in the value of civilian oversight of law enforcement.  Mr. Crawford believes that the Board can contribute positive change in the community by providing transparent, equitable oversight of APD and demonstrating a process of accountability.  Mr. Crawford has an extensive history of involvement in community organizing and volunteerism. He has volunteered with organizations working with the underhoused, poverty eradication groups, and LGBTQIA advocacy organizations.

Current Board Membership:

Name                                                                                                         Term                     

Chantal Galloway                                                               02/02/2022

Tara Armijo-Prewitt                                                               02/02/2022

Patricia French                                                               02/02/2022

Dr. William J. Kass                                                     02/02/2023

Vacant                                                                                    02/02/2023

Gionne Ralph                                                               02/02/2023

Eric Olivas                                                                                    02/02/2024

Eric Nixon                                                                                    02/02/2024

Richard Johnson                                                               02/02/2024

Per the Ordinance, the Board composition is to consist of nine at-large members who:

“broadly represent the diversity and demographics of the City by way of, including but not limited to, cultural, gender and geographic diversity; and who are representative of the stakeholders of the police oversight process, and who reside within the City of Albuquerque.” 9-4-1-5(A) ROA 1994.

Members serve two three-year terms. Per the Police Oversight Ordinance, Board members must also meet the following requirements:

(1)                     He or she must not have been employed by law enforcement for one year prior to appointment; and

                                          (2)                     He or she must successfully pass a background check; and

                                          (3)                     He or she must have a personal history lacking any pattern of unsubstantiated complaints against APD; and

(4)                     He or she must have a demonstrated ability to engage in mature, impartial decision making; and

(5)                     He or she must have a commitment to transparency and impartial decision making; and

                                          (6)                     He or she must be a resident of the City of Albuquerque

Per Ordinance requirements for the Board’s composition, listed above, Council Staff recommends Ms. Patricia French be appointed to the Civilian Police Oversight Agency Board.